Posts by Ross Mason

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  • Feed: Feast, in reply to stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    And the ritual stirring in of thruppences. Then my uncle (younger than me BTW) and me would spend the after dinner match to get the most loot out of the pudding.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Tantalizing

    Coq

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Alas, all I remember is the concrete playing "fields" and the high windows. Mum and Aunt did Dux things at South Int as well!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home,

    Stories of Home. I have been on the same piece of property now since February 1978. It had a cottage on the flat back part of the section that we rented off the bloke up the back who built his own house up there. Foolishly – or otherwise – we built the house that we are still in. Everything. Window joinery the lot. The hole was dug for the foundation the day before Xmas 1982 three months after coming back from a year in Antarctica. Our kids were born here and have now left here. We are left with the original (Fiona Christeller designed) home plus an extension that we deemed useful for the kids. We are thinking of downsizing. We have a renovated bathroom and are looking at a new kitchen. Given that is coming close to 34 years it makes a fascinating comparison to my first 34 years.
    I was born in ChCh, Islington, Mortlake St. The old man worked as a solo slaughterman at the works. When I was five we moved to Little River (Cooptown actually) where he was the Farmers Coop stock agent for the Peninsula. Our phone number was “Number 1 Little River”. I kid you not. we moved to Maramarua in 1960 but in between I spent 2 weeks at Sydenham School with my uncle who was 6 months younger than me. This was the school my Mum and Aunt were Dux of a few years earlier. After 18 months at Maramarua we moved to Buckland. The school at the end of the Pukekohe Racetrack Back Straight. 18 months later a move to Puni school for the last 6 months of primary school. Merv Wellington came out to sort out my High School courses. He looked at the Buckland school report of 6 months prior which pointed me to Agriculture/General. He looked at Puni School report of 1 week prior which suggested an Academic (French/Latin) stream. He was very perplexed. We compromised and I took French and “Modern”.
    In there you will find six primary schools and six houses. All before secondary school. My writing is atrocious. Printing, cursive, italics, printing and back again over those schools, Fountain pen, biro, pencil.

    I am quite pleased my kids had one Home – and one primary school.

    I have to say that Little River still has fond memories. Tumbledown Bay for the fishing, the local park for the cricket and Apex Icecream from Mr Vaughn’s corner dairy, and being thrashed by Mr Harley for busting branches off the trees for sword play at the two room school. I was the last one to break one off and paid the price. The pedal dental drill that tortured us when the power regularly went off. For Guy Fawkes the local kids would cut some manuka from the nearby bush for the community bonfire (bush all gone now) and we would slide down the hills in cardboard boxes. Then came Auckland Uni for one year before getting the job at DSIR in Lower Hutt. Flat shifting and marrying the flatmate’s sister. Moving through another 3 flats until heading for Canada for a year on a scholarship. Living in a pup tent for 3 months as we cycled across Canada. Moving into a friends house for 3 months, finding another flat for 3 months then finally arriving at the cottage.

    I’m glad my kids have One Home.

    They are now moving around the world and sorting out their lives. It is great watching it happen.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The pantheon of sporting dominance, in reply to BenWilson,

    She has never been beaten and has won all of her fights by knockout or submission.

    And this is a sport? Beat the effing brains out of another human for the sake of a few bucks? At least rugby is beginning to understand the effects of brain trauma. These goons (Female and male) need their freaking head read. Hmmm....nothing much to read anyway.

    IMH but warped O.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The pantheon of sporting dominance, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I don’t believe Australia has ever lost an international championship in Aussie Rules.

    Don't they play a "World Series" of Aussie Rules just like the USA Play a "World Series" in Baseball??

    It is a serious sport isn't it?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Access: How many agencies does it take…,

    What did the people of Chch who were in this predicament do apre boom boom crash bang?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The pantheon of sporting dominance,

    When you are involved with high performance sport the worst thing you can get your athletes to do is to play the hardest they can ever achieve every time they hit the field. Richie alluded to that in an interview this morning. The ideas of Hansen and co was to ensure they get the chance to test every nuance of the process of playing the game so that when the time comes for the ultimate performance they are prepared and the magic of instinct takes over. It does not look good to the media and I have (finally) been convinced that most of the media have cottoned on to things like “rotation”. It wasn’t rotation for rotation sake, rather it was part of the well executed plan to ensure those who are on the bench and the rest who are in the reserves are well rehearsed in the game plan. Every so often you have to include a player who is the bolter. And there is no doubt Milner-Skudder is THE bolter of the year. The Gallagher, the Cullen of 2015. That spark that one could see the oldies in the team embrace and carried him to one hell of an introduction. Hansen mentioned that the bulk of the team now has upwards of 20+ games under their belt. Take out those 700 caps as the retiring brigade leaves and the rest of the world can’t really think they will be getting an easier ride.

    Wonderful to watch. That last try epitomised the goal Hansen had of turning defence into attack literally at the drop of an opponents ball. Fantastic and unstoppable. The Aussies had thrown everything into that last attack and it was a #8 who was the last line of defence trying to haul Barrett in. Pocock.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The pantheon of sporting dominance,

    This game completed an era. There is no doubt this year the All Blacks achieved the ultimate prize to confirm their world standing. Maa Nonu’s try from the ages and Beauden’s for the future. Two stunning tries.
    Whoever bet on A Yellow Card to Ben Smith would have made a killing.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Our greatest fear,

    I'm happy I have a life to watch games like todays. :-)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1576 posts Report Reply

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